Tony Nominee Marin Ireland Will Join Original Cast Members in David Adjmi's 3C
The Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama announces casting for the first public reading of David Adjmi's 3C, following the work's landmark legal victory in April of 2015. Tony nominee Marin Ireland joins original 3C cast members Hannah Cabell, Eddie Cahill and Jake Silbermann in the free event. Additionally, Ralph Sevush, Executive Director for Business Affairs of The Dramatists Guild and founder of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund will participate in panel discussion hosted by playwright and New School faculty member Jon Robin Baitz. Previously announced guests include attorney Bruce Johnson and Adjmi, speaking publicly for the first time, about 3C's journey since its world premiere in June of 2012 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Two additional roles will be announced at a later date.The reading and panel discussion will take place October 26 at 8pm at The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended and can be made by writing to 3Creading@gmail.com.
3C, a darkly comic reimagining of the TV hit Three's Company, enjoyed a two-month run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2012. Following opening night, Adjmi received a cease-and-desist letter from DLT Entertainment, the copyright holder of Three's Company. While the Rattlestick run continued, the play was held in a kind of purgatory: Adjmi couldn't authorize any other productions or publish the script in a collection of his works because of the threat of litigation. After negotiations failed, Adjmi, with pro bono representation, chose to take DLT to court in 2012. In April of 2015, a federal judge in New York ruled that 3C did not infringe the copyright of that decades-old sitcom. The script of 3C is now available from Samuel French.
David Adjmi was called "virtuosic" by The New York Times and he was listed as one of the Top Ten in Culture for 2011 by The New Yorker magazine. His play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep. The play won 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Play. Marie Antoinette received a New York premiere at Soho Rep in fall 2013 in a sold-out run. 3C received its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in June 2012, and was dubbed "the most divisive and controversial play of the season" by the New York Post. 3C was selected as one of the top ten plays of 2012 by the Post, Time Out New York and the Advocate. Elective Affinities, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company, received a U.S. premiere at Soho Rep starring Zoe Caldwell (Top 10 of the year in Time Out New York, The New Yorker). Other plays include Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series), and Strange Attractors (Empty Space). Adjmi was awarded a Mellon Foundation Playwrights Residency, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award (the "Mimi"), and the Bush Artists Fellowship, among others. He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition, and Soho Theatre's "The Hub." A collection of David's work, Stunning and Other Plays, is published by TCG, and his work is included in The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays. David's memoir is forthcoming from HarperCollins, and a second play collection from TCG will be published in spring 2015. Marie Antoinette, 3C, The Evildoers, and Elective Affinities are published by Samuel French.
Jackson Gay (Director) Currently: These Paper Bullets (premiered at Yale Rep, now at the Geffen Playhouse, coming to Atlantic Theatre Company). Upcoming projects: Elevada by Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep); Suzanne Heathcote's I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile (New Neighborhood / Berkshire Theatre Festival); Recent projects: The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber (LAByrinth Theater Company); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick/piece by piece/Rising Phoenix); Kingdom City by Sheri Wilner (La Jolla Playhouse); Arlington by Victor Lodato with music by Polly Pen (San Francisco's Magic Theatre); Lucy Thurber's Where We're Born - 2014 Obie Award winning The Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick) and Scarcity (Atlantic Theater Company); Rolin Jones' The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company) and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic; Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award - Outstanding Production of a Play); A Little Journey (Mint Theater Company; Drama Desk nomination - Outstanding Revival of a Play). Jackson is a founding member of New Neighborhood. She is the Director of Artistic Programming for Fuller Road Artist Residency in Vermont and teaches directing at Columbia University. Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Jackson received her BFA in acting from the University of the Arts and MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.
The New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama (Pippin Parker, dean) is a shared graduate and undergraduate learning environment in the historic Westbeth Artists complex in Greenwich Village. The College's award-winning faculty of master teachers and working professionals provides students with a high level of artistic training, project-based learning, consistent performance opportunities, and skills that can be applied to a variety of 21st-century career choicesArts Integrity Initiative (Howard Sherman, director) was established by the New School for Drama to research, document and advocate for creative rights in the arts, at the professional, amateur and academic levels, through efforts ranging from public programs to private counsel. The Arts Integrity Initiative has addressed a range of situations nationally in 2015, including: audience harassment of a play about sexual violence at Greensboro College in North Carolina, health care compensation for associate directors and choreographers on Broadway, the cancellation of a Neil LaBute play at an anti-censorship benefit in New York; the pay-for-review policy at a Los Angeles theatre website; challenges by local clergy to a community theatre production of the musical Rent in Tennessee; and potential censorship of student-written plays at a Colorado high school.
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